FUNCTIONAL DRY NEEDLING / IMS

What is Functional Dry Needling / IMS?
 

Functional Dry Needling (FDN) or Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a technique that involves the insertion of a mono-filament (or "dry") needle into either 1) shortened/contracted portions of muscles (trigger points) or 2) areas near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated or oversensitive.

How does Functional Dry Needling / IMS work?

  1. Inserting a mono-filament needle into a shortened/contracted portion of a muscle elicits a local twitch response which stretches the muscle receptor, producing a relaxation or lengthening effect in the muscle. 

  2. Inserting a mono-filament needle into areas near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated or oversensitive, normalizes nerve function at the targeted segment, and subsequently the function of the muscles supplied by those nerves.

Is Functional Dry Needling / IMS safe?

All needles are sterile, single-use needles rounded at the tip which allows them to slide freely through tissues. The location of insertion is sterilized with Stanhexidine (an antiseptic, antibacterial agent). No contact is made with the needle shaft prior to insertion. 

Does Functional Dry Needling / IMS hurt?

The insertion of a mono-filament needle into an area of shortened/contracted muscle is typically accompanied by minimal discomfort commonly described as a 'deep ache.' Depending on the body part being treated, pre-existing levels of pain and the amount of restriction present, you may experience a slight discomfort. Mild soreness after receiving dry needling or IMS is commonly reported. More uncommonly, areas close in proximity to nerves or vessels may elicit discomfort that is sharper in nature. Please notify your practitioner if you are feeling discomfort during treatment.

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